When Magic: An Occult Primer was first published in 1972 it became an instant classic. It was one of the first books that explained, concisely and precisely, how to practice magic, and launched many a would-be adept along the path. This new, revised edition has lost none of its freshness and vitality. Written with style, a scholarly attention to detail and with flashes of wit and humour, author David Conway explains magical theory, the importance of visualization, how to understand magical correspondences and make them come alive for you; how to understand ritual and the significance of magical weapons. Also included is guide to magical recipes, salves and tonics; magical alphabets, and an occult ''Who's Who.' An excellent introduction to practical occultism from a seasoned practitioner with decades of experience, it deserves a place on the shelf of every serious (and not so serious) magician.

London, Aeon Books, 2016. Paperback, 375 pages. New.

Magic: An Occult Primer - David Conway